Clean Water for Everyone Closes Seed Round, Launches Aggressive Infrastructure Expansion in Ghana

October 24, 2015 – New York, NY – Clean Water for Everyone (CWFE), a growing social enterprise, closed an undisclosed seed round of funding. Funding will be used to expand CWFE water and sanitation business in Ghana. The expansion includes major revenue generating infrastructure and human capital investments. The Gates Foundation estimates global demand for financing water and sanitation to be over $12 billion.

Over 3,000 children die annually from poor water sources and toilets in Ghana. CWFE addresses the lack of affordable access to water and sanitation for Ghanaian schools that would otherwise have no access to these basic needs. While Ghana has made important strides in this area, an estimated 13% of the country’s population (over 3 million people) still lacks decent access to clean water, while 27% (over 7 million) lacks access to decent sanitation.

“We want to transform the global water and sanitation crisis into economic opportunities.” said Abbey Wemimo, CEO. For Ghana, CWFE introduced a business model that is revenue generating and affords a strong value proposition for our customers. CWFE will offer debt financing for capital-intensive water and sanitation infrastructure in schools.

Additionally, CWFE has tested its value proposition through a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action in Kasoa, Ghana. This project, which was initiated in 2014, supplies clean water and suitable sanitation to 150 students enrolled at the Mummy Educational Institute. This project is functional and generating revenue.

“We are revolutionizing the way clean water and sanitation is provided.” For more information, visit www.cwfe.org

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Empandeni Girls Mission School Zimbabwe

It is with great joy and excitement, to inform you that we have completed the Project Report for Empandeni Girls Mission School in Zimbabwe. We would like to say thank you for your benevolence and overall support. You believed in us and we delivered, but more importantly you provided Clean Water and Proper Sanitation for the girls at Empandeni Mission School in Zimbbabwe.

Attached you will find 3 files for your appreciation : Project Report, Additional Visuals/Video and a Detailed Project Report. We have provided you with 3 reports, to cater to different audiences; detailed, visual and/or both. Please take this time to go through the report and see the amazing work that was done.

From us here at CWFE, we would like to thank you once again for your unwavering support. We look forward to working with you in the future!

2014 Annual Report

Dear Friends and Supporters,

2014 was an important year in Clean Water For Everyone’s (CWFE) continuing evolution. The leadership team recognized that a change in operational approach was necessary to ensure long term sustainable growth. This recognition was grounded in two key facts: 1) competition amongst water focused charities for limited donor dollars is fierce, and 2) the world’s poor are willing and able to pay for essential services like water and sanitation if innovative financing mechanisms are put in place to support their needs. CWFE is now transitioning away from its charity roots towards a social enterprise model that emphasizes service delivery in exchange for nominal daily fees. This revised model results in income streams that help cover up-front investment outlays: it also instills a sense of community ownership in the infrastructure we install. We have successfully piloted our new model in Ghana via a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, and are looking to scale our approach in the coming years.

CWFE is still a young organization, and we know we have a lot of “growing up” to do. That said, we aspire to be “best in class,” and we can only attain this state by adopting a collective culture that demands continuous improvement. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in the format of this annual report, which is closely aligned with a reporting framework promulgated by the International Integrated Reporting Council. Integrated Reporting promotes a more cohesive and efficient approach to annual reporting and aims to improve the quality of information available to providers of funds to enable a more efficient and productive allocation of capital. The document contains six distinct sections that address the following questions:

  1. What does the organization do and what are the circumstances under which it operates?
  2. How does the organization’s governance structure support its ability to create a positive impact?
  3. What is the organization’s operational model?
  4. What are the specific risks and opportunities that affect the organization’s ability to create positive outcomes, and how is the organization dealing with them?
  5. Where does the organization want to go and how does it intend to get there?
  6. What has the organization achieved during the period?

I hope you enjoy reading about CWFE’s progress, and I thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Abbey Wemimo
CWFE, Chief Executive Officer

Download Report:

CWFE 2014 Annual Report

Clean Water for Everyone presents a Commitment Update at the Clinton Global Initiative

NEW YORK – May 1, 2015 – Clean Water for Everyone’s 2014 CGI U Commitment to Action has been recognized as an exemplary model for addressing critical WASH challenges in the developing world. In March of this year Abbey Wemimo presented CWFE’s completed 2014 commitment to over 55 CGI U audience members, and the debrief was selected for the Clinton Global Initiative Stories Program. Since then CWFE has tied for first place in the CGI U – NYU Commitment to Action Pitch Competition! The first place tie award provides $2,500 of funding towards our water and sanitation projects in Ghana.

About CGI U
Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton hosted CGI U 2015 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida from March 6-8, 2015. The meeting brought together more than 1,100 students who are seeking to make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

Clean Water for Everyone invited to the African Development Conference at Harvard Law School

NEW YORK – April 2, 2015 – Clean Water for Everyone’s (CWFE) CEO, Abbey Wemimo, has been invited to present and facilitate a clean water and sanitation workshop at the Harvard Law School. This event coincides with the 6th Annual African Development Conference (ADC) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

About the 6th Annual African Development Conference (ADC) – “Looking South – Moving Forward: Fostering Development Collaboration within the Global South”
The 6th Annual African Development Conference (ADC) at Harvard takes on the challenge of bringing this South-South conversation to the fore and dissecting the evolution and future of these partnerships in development. Staying true to its convening tradition, the ADC will assemble major players and stakeholders across the private sector, civil society, government and academia.

Clean Water for Everyone invited to Unite for Sight at Yale University

NEW YORK – March 20, 2015 – Clean Water for Everyone (CWFE) has been selected to pitch at the Unite for Sight 12th annual Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University on March 28-29, 2015. After four rounds of rigorous vetting, CWFE will compete as a semifinalist for the GHIC Innovation prize. The Semifinalist Round will involve a 2 minute presentation on March 29, after which the judges will select six finalists.

About GHIC Innovation Prize
The Innovation Prize is a $10,000 and a $5,000 cash prize that is awarded to the two best social impact pitches that are presented at the 2015 Global Health & Innovation Conference. All conference registrants — both students and professionals, and both non-profit and for-profit organizations — are eligible to apply for the Innovation Prize. The Innovation Prize supports outstanding early-stage and start-up ideas, programs, and organizations that are locally developed and locally-responsible. The winner will receive the $10,000 cash prize, and the runner-up will receive the $5,000 cash prize.

About The Global Health & Innovation Conference
The Global Health & Innovation Conference annually convenes more than 2,200 participants from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. The conference participants bring experience from a wide variety of disciplines, and include students, nurses, doctors, policy-makers, nonprofit directors and volunteers, public health professionals, health educators, community health workers, researchers, social scientists, social workers, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, teachers, lawyers, and business executives. The goal of the conference is to exchange ideas and best practices across disciplines in order to improve public health and international development. Participants are encouraged to attend presentations in fields that may be outside of their existing expertise so that they can learn about successful strategies in other fields that may be applicable to their own work

Clean Water for Everyone Inaugural Gala in Lagos, Nigeria

LAGOS, NIGERIA – February 8, 2015 – Clean Water for Everyone held its inaugural fundraising gala on Sunday the 1st of February at the Ibru gardens Victoria Island. Abbey Wemimo and board members Christopher Ibru and Teniola Sagoe planned the fundraiser event together. Coker Creative coordinated the event, while the distinguished Chef Fregz treated guests to delicious hors d’oeuvres, and Ashton Wells served their still, sparkling and flavored water.

The entire event was centered on an Auction and the CWFE team raised 4.6 Million Nigerian Naira thanks to auction items donated by Lisa Folawiyo, Deola Sagoe, Temple Muse, Red Door Gallery Artists (Lemi Ghariokwu & Paulie Alakija), Lakin Ogunbanwo and Suffy Tours And Cruises. Clean Water for Everyone Gala gained great publicity from three top media outlets, and extends its thanks to those who attended the event and donated to the organization’s mission.

Press Coverage: http://oliviastrunkunlocked.com/2015/02/02/clean-water-for-everyone/

Clean Water for Everyone invited to present at UNHCR Innovation Panel

NEW YORK – January 20, 2015 – Clean Water for Everyone’s CEO, Abbey Wemimo, was recently invited to speak on a panel discussion titled “Innovation Solutions: Creating Humanitarian Innovation Management” at the 2015 Humanitarian Innovation Jam at Georgetown University. He addressed the challenges and solutions for managing water and sanitation and highlighted CWFE’s sustainable approach to providing access to clean water and sanitation in Ghana. Abbey presented alongside Olivier Delarue (Lead UNHCR Innovation), Howard Rush (Professor Innovation Management) and Michael Chodos (Senior Fellow Beeck Center for Social Innovation). This panel tied together previous workshops, and convened all participants to think constructively about ways to better manage humanitarian innovation. The session was particularly significant for developing an interactive toolkit that will be launched at the end of HIJ.

About UNHCR Innovation Jam
Hosted by UNHCR Innovation and Georgetown University, the Humanitarian Innovation Jam (HIJ) stimulates conversation and collaboration among development practitioners, students, and scholars.

About UNHCR
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is a United Nations agency mandated to protect and support refugees at the request of a government or the UN itself and assists in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. The UNHCR has won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1954 and again in 1981.

Clean Water for Everyone Invited to the Clinton Global Initiative

NEW YORK – January 10, 2015 – We are pleased to announce that Clean Water for Everyone (CWFE) has been selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) 2015, which will take place from March 6-8, 2015 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. CWFE was also selected to exhibit at CGI U Exchange, a forum for student commitment-makers to showcase their Commitments to Action.

About CGIU
Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton will host CGI U 2015 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida from March 6-8, 2015. The meeting will bring together more than 1,100 students who are seeking to make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

Clean Water for Everyone has successfully secured funding for its first Zimbabwe project.

Great news! You helped raise $12,840 for clean water and proper sanitation at Empandeni Girls Mission School in Zimbabwe!

NEW YORK – October 20, 2014 – CWFE is pleased to announce that it has raised $7,840 on the Indiegogo fundraising platform to help finance an exciting new investment project in Zimbabwe. The overall budget for the project is $11,700, and a late donor contribution of $5,000 means that CWFE has now raised a total of $12,840. CWFE will now complete the following tasks using the funds that have been raised:

  1. Agree and sign off on contractual obligations with Empandeni Mission School.
  2. Implement and follow a similar investment model to the one used at Mummy’s Educational Institute (see Link).
  3. Begin construction planning and implementation by late November.
  4. Utilize local engineers and community workers to bring the project to fruition in January 2015.
  5. Publish the results of the investment project in 2015.
  6. Continue monitoring and evaluation of the project to ensure that the new facilities function optimally.

On behalf of the Clean Water for Everyone (CWFE) team, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your financial support. Your generosity will help to improve the lives of Empandeni’s students.

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